Sitting at 10-0 on the season and one of only two undefeated teams left in the FBS, Western Michigan is finally getting some recognition.
ESPN announced today that the College Gameday crew is heading to Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo this Saturday when the Broncos look to go to 11-0 against Buffalo.
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Broncos head coach PJ Fleck calls the Gameday announcement one of the “49 nevers” that has happened to his program.
Via the Detroit Free Press:
“We’re up to 49 nevers now,” WMU coach P.J. Fleck told the Free Press before a team meeting Sunday. “It had never happened, and we’re up to 49 things that have never happened here at Western Michigan. …
“It’s wonderful for the brand. People across the country can experience Row The Boat and Western Michigan University. If they don’t know much about us, they’re going to know more about us now. It helps people across the nation find out about who we are, and some might come to WMU now. They could be from Oregon, Texas or California, and they could see us and say, ‘Hey, I want to go to that place,’ and it’s just wonderful for Western Michigan University.”
Not only however is this the first time Gameday has headed to Waldo, this is only the second time Gameday has chosen to be hosted by a MAC school. The last time this happened was back in 2003 when the 12th ranked Northern Illinois Huskies lost to No. 23 Bowling Green on the road. Ironically enough, Fleck was a member of that NIU team as a wide receiver.
Anyways, as far as the rest of the season goes, Western Michigan could certainly finish the year undefeated. Bullalo is a two win team as it stands right now heading into next weekend. Toledo on the other hand will be a test as the Rockets currently sit at 8-2.
What that ultimately could mean is a New Years six bowl game, quite possibly the Cotton Bowl if we’re talking a realistic best case scenario. An unrealistic best case scenario would be the College Football Playoff considering the Broncos’ strength of schedule.